questionshave you ever taken a cpr/first aid class?

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i used to be CPR/Life guard certified. Its pretty easy stuff to remember. The problem is that the recommended stuff changes year to year. the compression to breathe ratio will go from 10 to 1, to 15 to 1, to no rescue breathes at all, to whatever the powers at be decide. It will give you a general idea of what to do if the need ever arises, which will definitely help your confidence if something is required of you. The most important thing (imo) is that if your certification is set and you try to help someone and they still die (or something else bad) you wont be liable due to the Good Samaritan law. If nothing else itll dissuade you from not helping for legal reasons. Long story short; definitely worth it in my opinion.

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I took a class just last week actually, I paid $55 (school discount) and it was roughly four and a half hours long. I'm sure it would've taken three if there weren't so many of us that day.

In my opinion, it's definitely worth it. You learn how to save a life in an event of an emergency and you can also "teach" someone (like a family or friend) what you learned.

If I remembered correctly, mines went in this order:
- Intro.
- Anatomy & Physiology (completely basic).
- CPR How-To (dos and don'ts)
- CPR by yourself on dummy.
- CPR with a pair on dummy.
- CPR with AED (Automated external defibrillator; not real).
- Heimlich maneuvers.
- CPR on infants (by yourself then in pairs).
- 25 Question Test (you'll need to pass to get certified but it's fairly easy like DMV).

In my opinion, practicing on dummies through the certification course is way better than watching a tutorial on YouTube (and such). That way you can get the feel of what you're doing and you know you're doing it correctly.

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I was certified for about 8 years while I was a lifeguard, 4 of which I was an instructor for CPR/AED, first aid, and lifesaving. I recommend taking the course so you know what to do in the event of extreme emergency. You never know the curve ball life is planning to throw at you or what situation you may find yourself in.

I was lucky in my time and never had to perform CPR, but there were many cases of minor first aid. If nothing else take that. One of these courses isn't meant to make you a professional medical practitioner but you can be the difference between life and death. Basically you are the first responder. You've got someone and there is no medical help until you call 911 and help them.

As far as the changes in CPR I do have to say with absolute certainty that today I could not tell you what ratio of compression to breaths (or lack of) because it changed every year I was teaching it. The technique is more important the the math behind it.

AEDs can be used by a smart dog.

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My sister made sure I took it before I was allowed to babysit my then-infant niece.

Honestly, a lot of the stuff was already common knowledge that I already learned in high school and college courses about health. The course took way too long and they gave almost no one-on-one instructional time to us to verify that we could perform the tasks required. We were all stuffed into a high school basketball court and given a card "certifying" that we were trained in First Aid and CPR.

One of the things I learned is that if someone is choking, ask permission before performing the Heimlich. If you break one of their ribs while performing the maneuver and they don't give you permission, you're liable to pay for their medical bills. If they don't give you permission, wait for that person to pass out and then perform the maneuver. Nuts, right?

The latest CPR courses tell people to not do breathing at all. Just keep up chest compressions and that should keep oxygen flowing until help arrives.

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It's simple stuff, and great knowledge. Also, if you get to practice, you'll be more confident in performing CPR. It's a good thing. It's not comprehensive first aid, just CPR basics.

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I took this same class this past saturday. My work pays for the class as it is a requirement to be employed. I do find it very helpful, especially about the AED, as this is a fairly new device that we have here in our building. The CPR seems to be close to the same as it always was but it is good to get in some practice every now and then.

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Took it a few years ago. My partner beheaded the dummy during CPR

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Yes, take it.
If something happens, at least you have some idea of what to do. Which is better than not having a clue.

I did use it once, and it definitely beats just freaking out.

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I used to instruct the ARC CPR/First Aid class when I was in the Navy. The course is mainly common sense on the first aid side and then just remembering the current CPR breathes/compression ratio. And even though the ARC teaches hands-only CPR, full CPR (rescue breaths with chest compressions) is the best option in some emergencies, including those involving infants and children, drowning victims, or people who collapse due to breathing problems

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I am but work paid for it. Here are some answers from a question I asked last year that may help. http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/84ccd320-f01b-4565-a5d3-3c41fac1033f/are-any-wooters-cpr-first-aid-certified#29

[EDIT] I am still not sure I would use what I learned, but at least I have the info should I choose to.

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Yes, absolutely. Did the British first-aid for adults and their "Save a life" courses from Red Cross long time ago.

Fortunately I have never needed to use it, other than...ahem...on myself when I did something dumb to myself accidentally.

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you will get your moneys worth. great class to take

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Yes, was a necessary class to take to get my Rescue Diver Scuba Certification. CPR along with a basic first aid class is something I recommend for everyone.

Being medically trained and prepared to handle emergencies is very important.

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Also would like to add that my sister and I used to watch our younger siblings and knowing CPR saved both of them from choking to death - both times while a parent went 2 1/2 blocks to the store. I'm a fan of it.

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Yep, every two years like clockwork.

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It is definately worth it. After taking the course several times I found myself offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and had to use it. We were able to keep the man alive for over and hour and a half till medical personnel arrived. By having the knowledge you lose some of the fear that you will do something wrong and the cert. can protect you from most legal actions.

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I take the class every two years as well its a job requirement.

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There was a local news story a few years back... a guy collapsed on the golf course. Heart attack, I heard later. The next foursome included a nurse who started chest-only CPR and kept it up till EMS arrived 25 min later (very rural golf course.)

She saved his life, and a few years later he was in much better health and CPR certified himself.

I'd say do it.

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My employer provides the instructor but you have to take the class on your own time. It makes it very convenient for people and I think that's why there is such a great turnout for it.